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Coalville Town
Witton Albion
T McGlinchey (6'), S Towers (54')
Full time
R Hopley (10')
Sat 16 Sep 15:00 - The Evo-Stik League - The EVO-STIK Premier Division Attendance 159

Coalville Make It Five Wins On The Spin

Coalville recorded a fifth straight league win as they fought to a 2-1 victory over an in form Witton side.

The Ravens edged a closely contested match against high flying Witton, making it six wins from their last seven games.

Tommy Brookbanks named an unchanged eleven from the side that stormed to a 5-2 victory at home to Hednesford on Tuesday night.

The Ravens made a confident start to proceedings, finding a fine opener after just six minutes, Daniel Creaney lofted a pass through to Nathan Watson on the right flank, who whipped a pin point cross into Tom McGlinchy, heading the ball past Ryan Nield for his first competitive Coalville goal.

Witton Albion 16.09.17
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However, it only took Witton five minutes to find an equaliser as Rob Hopley bundled the ball in following a cross into the centre, levelling up the score.

Blair Anderson almost restored Coalville’s lead a further five minutes later, with Nield blocking the winger’s driven shot with his outstretched leg.

The home side continued their positive response to the setback, with Creaney having an effort cleared off the line after 23 minutes before Watson stuck the base of the post with a curling effort moments later.

Steve Towers also powered a free header wide on 41 minutes before Matthew Coton came up with a big save to deny Albion’s Will Jones on the volley just before half time.

Coalville emerged for the second period with real intent, creating a big chance just three minutes in. Creaney nodded down Kyle Bryant’s lofted pass to Watson, who fired the half volley just over.

The Ravens then regained the lead in the 53rd minute as Towers smashed the ball into the roof of the net following an Anderson corner after a period of sustained pressure which also saw Dean Freeman hit the crossbar.

Coalville did an expert job of limiting Witton to few opportunities, with Danny Jenno in particular on hand to make a number of vital interventions.

Steven Tames came inches away from equalising in the 71st minute, letting fly from the edge of the area as the ball kissed the bar on its way over.

Following the chance for Albion, Coalville looked most the most likely to score of the two sides and created a golden opportunity after 72 minutes. Watson released Anderson down the left but he couldn’t find the desired finish, firing his shot straight at Nield after a surging run into the box.

Massiah McDonald and Will Mellors-Blair were introduced in the 80th minute and combined instantly to almost give the Ravens breathing space. Mellors-Blair raced down the right wing before whipping a fierce cross into the unmarked McDonald, unfortunately the Coalville frontman couldn’t adjust his feet and blazed over on the volley.

Coalville then put on a professional display to see out the final minutes, restricting the visitors to just one real chance of note in the final 10 as Anthony Brown glanced a header just wide.

The win now sees the Ravens lift to the dizzy heights of fifth as they continue to reap the rewards for their fine recent form. Next up for Coalville is a trip to Sutton Coldfield Town on Tuesday night before they welcome Stalybridge Celtic to the Mander Cruickshank Stadium on Saturday.

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Key moments

Goal Tom McGlinchey scores for Coalville Town
Goal Rob Hopley scores for Witton Albion
Goal Steve Towers scores for Coalville Town

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Witton Albion 16.09.17
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Witton Albion 16.09.17


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87:00 Sub On
Ben Greenop is substituted on for Witton Albion
87:00 Sub Off
Steven Tames is substituted off for Witton Albion
83:00 Sub On
Ollie Bassett is substituted on for Coalville Town
83:00 Sub Off
Blair Anderson is substituted off for Coalville Town
79:00 Sub Off
Nathan Watson is substituted off for Coalville Town
79:00 Sub Off
Tom McGlinchey is substituted off for Coalville Town
79:00 Sub On
Massiah McDonald is substituted on for Coalville Town
79:00 Sub On
Will Mellors-Blair is substituted on for Coalville Town
54:00 Goal 2 - 1
Steve Towers scores for Coalville Town
End of period 1
25:00 Sub Off
Matty Devine is substituted off for Witton Albion
25:00 Sub On
Micah Evans is substituted on for Witton Albion
20:00 Yellow Card
Kyle Bryant is yellow carded for Coalville Town
14:00 Yellow Card
Nathan Watson is yellow carded for Coalville Town
10:00 Goal 1 - 1
Rob Hopley scores for Witton Albion
6:00 Goal 1 - 0
Tom McGlinchey scores for Coalville Town
Start of the game
Replay game

As it happened

  • Coalville Town
  • Witton Albion
  • 0
  • Tom McGlinchey Goal 6:00'
  • Rob Hopley Goal 10:00'
  • Nathan Watson Yellow Card 14:00'
  • Kyle Bryant Yellow Card 20:00'
  • Matty Devine Sub Off 25:00'
  • Micah Evans Sub On 25:00'
  • Steve Towers Goal 54:00'
  • Nathan Watson Sub Off 79:00'
  • Tom McGlinchey Sub Off 79:00'
  • Massiah McDonald Sub On 79:00'
  • Will Mellors-Blair Sub On 79:00'
  • Blair Anderson Sub Off 83:00'
  • Ollie Bassett Sub On 83:00'
  • Steven Tames Sub Off 87:00'
  • Ben Greenop Sub On 87:00'

Team selection

Witton Albion
  • 1. Ryan Nield
  • 2. Anthony Gardner
  • 3. Matty Devine
  • 4. Paul Williams
  • 5. Anthony Brown
  • 6. Nick Ryan
  • 7. Ben Hedley
  • 8. James Foley
  • 9. Rob Hopley
  • 10. Steven Tames
  • 11. Will Jones
  • 12. Micah Evans
  • 13. Matthew Coughlan
  • 14. Ben Greenop
  • 15. Michael Wilson

League round up

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League table

# Team Pl Pts
18. Rushall Olympic 46 54
19. Marine 46 53
20. Coalville Town 46 52
21. Whitby Town 46 50
22. Stalybridge Celtic 46 48
23. Halesowen Town 46 45
24. Sutton Coldfield Town 46 35

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